Built, managed and supported 24X7: help desk, customer support, enterprise infrastructure, WAN, LAN, telcom, local and remote data centers, servers and workstations, firewalls, VPNs, E-mail, wireless networks, SQL and Oracle databases, DAMs, B2B customer Web sites for three business units:
·McClatchy-Tribune (formerly Knight Ridder / Tribune), a global news service that reaches more than 800 newspapers worldwide with a combined circulation of more than 80 million.
·McClatchy Washington Bureau (formerly Knight Ridder Washington Bureau), an award winning reporting team, including several Pulitzer Prize winners, with journalists based in Washington, D.C., and nine foreign bureaus in Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Nairobi and Russia.
·Newscom, a global content aggregator of photos, videos, stories and graphics from more than 100 information partners including wire services, photo agencies, creative agencies and syndication. (Newscom was sold in June 2007.) Key member of the merger and acquisition team that successfully sold Newscom. After the sale was completed, I led the McClatchy-Tribune technology transition team ensuring a smooth technology transition to the new owner.
Responsible for developing, monitoring and reviewing company-wide capital and operating budgets for three-business units: McClatchy-Tribune, McClatchy Washington Bureau and Newscom. Successfully achieved budget goals every year during my 11-year tenure.
Designed, implemented and maintained the infrastructure to achieve 24X7 uptime for all business units and customer-facing Web sites.
Designed, implemented, maintained, tested and updated business continuity and disaster recovery plan for three-business units: McClatchy-Tribune, McClatchy Washington Bureau and Newscom.
Designed, developed and implemented workflow to integrate newsroom editorial system with online publishing system allowing editors to simultaneously publish stories to print, wire services and online.As new information became available, stories were edited and updated in real-time as the editorial team published new versions. Introduced numerous automation and efficiency tools to allow non-technical editors to manage the presentation of content online.
The RSA (Robot Server Application) project allowed the Regional News service to increase revenue in excess of one million dollars per quarter. Kapow RoboMaker (RSA) project combined with the Acquire Media Categorization tool allowed us to more than quadruple the Regional News’ monthly story volume from 18,349 to 81,375, while reducing staffing by 1.5 FTEs. The Business News departments’ revenue exceeded plan by more than 27 percent. Operating profit for the same period more than double budget projections. Prior to this project, we delivered approximately 800 KRTB stories per day. After the system was implemented, we immediately started delivering more than 2,500 stories per day with no additional labor costs.
The AcquireMedia categorization / metadata enhancement project combined with the Kapow Web scrapper opened the door to a fully automated editorial / delivery system. The Kapow robots scrape content from more than 500 contributor Web sites. The Acquire Media software enhances the Web site scraped stories, adding business industry codes, ticker symbols and converting the story into an XML format with inline XML markup. An RDF summary paragraph is also created, which can be used for RSS feeds. The enhanced story is passed along to a custom KRT application to determine routing and delivery of the story. This application then converts the story into any format requested by the client.
“AutoSlotting” project categorized stories that were submitted to KRT and slotted the stories into the appropriate section / department (news, sports, etc.). The internally developed application automatically slots more than 84 percent of the stories with more than 96 percent accuracy. The success of this project virtually eliminated the need for manual slotting of stories, giving back a half an FTE while improving our efficiency and timeliness of story delivery to customers.
In 1997, created the first Web site for Knight Ridder / Tribune that grew to more than nine concurrent B2B Web sites designed to syndicate, market and sell content. Oversaw technology for four Web sites for McClatchy-Tribune and McClatchy Washington: www.mctinfoservices.com, www.mctdirect.com, www.mct-international.com, www.mctcampus.com and www.mcclatchydc.com.
Implemented the PathFire delivery system for News In Motion to deliver on-demand broadcast quality video animations to more than 200 TV Stations in the top US markets. Broadcast clients would search the News In Motion Web site, preview and then purchase the animation. This system replaced the costly satellite delivery system.
Installed the first Data Asset Management (DAM) system to archive photos then quickly expanded the system to include fully captioned graphics, illustration, Web packages, animations (videos) and caricatures. Built upon the success of the DAM system to create an in house editorial system for our News service.
Additional highlights of the projects completed at MCT / Washington Bureau:
·Migrating the McClatchy Washington Bureau to MediaGrid editorial system
·Automating Delivery and publishing of McClatchy DC stories to the McClatchy DC Web site and Yahoo
·Launched several new Special Sections Packages: Adventure, Entertaining and Trail Talk
·Successfully transitioned all MCT Select customers to MCT Direct
·Completely redesigned the MCT Direct Web site using PHP and MySQL database
·Implemented Omniture on the MCT Direct Web site that allows for metrics to be gathered on the site.
·Started deliverying Graphics, Photos, and Text to McClatchy Interactive
·Started delivering visual content to LexisNexis
Oympics technology coordinator for Knight Ridder / McClatchy:
·2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China
·2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy
·2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece
·2002 Winter Olympics in Salt lake City, UT
·2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia
·1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan
·Implemented an alternative Internet delivery method for Knight Ridder content at the Sydney Olympics, saving Knight Ridder more than $100,000.
·Managed technology for 30 newspapers, KR Digital and KRT’s news and photo services.